About the course

Mechatronics brings together precision mechanics, electronics, controls and computer engineering through a process of integrated design. It involves creating a wide range of technologies such as sensors, actuators, interface hardware, control systems, software, and analogue and digital electronics. The applications for these technologies affect all our lives and can be found everywhere: aircraft, cars, trains, healthcare, materials processing, advanced manufacturing systems, defence systems, consumer electronics and more. Using the latest tools and our specialist labs, you’ll learn the fundamental skills in electronic systems, manufacturing technology, engineering mathematics, computer programming, mechanical science, design, robotics and many more areas.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering and Mechatronics
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering and Mechatronics

Why choose this course?

  • You will have access to the best equipment: specialist laboratories and CAE software.
  • Our staff have a wealth of industrial experience which gives an applied approach to their teaching and their contacts prove invaluable to graduates seeking employment.
  • Students from the School of Engineering and Technology have previously completed work placement years at companies including: Microsoft, Jaguar Land Rover, and Bosch Thermotechnology
  • Recent Electrical Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Martin-Baker Aircraft Company, Continental Automotive and Vodafone

Professional Accreditations

The BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering and Mechatronics course is accredited by IET and satisfies, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2021.

Course details

Careers

Employment prospects are excellent, with graduates having the flexibility to work in almost any engineering company in the UK or abroad.  MEng graduates can expect to be in senior managerial positions within a few years.

More about the course

Mechatronics is a synergistic combination of precision mechanics, electronics, controls, and computer engineering, combined through a process of integrated design. Thus it involves being able to handle a wide range of technologies in sensors, actuators, interface hardware, control systems, analogue and digital electronics, software engineering, and concurrent design. Applications are extremely wide ranging covering for example the aerospace industry, road vehicles and trains, medical engineering, materials processing, advanced manufacturing systems, defence systems and consumer electronics. Graduates may therefore expect employment across a very wide range of engineering companies.  This programme lays emphasis on the electronics aspects of the discipline.

What job can I get?

Because of the wide-ranging applications of the technology involved in this area, employment prospects are excellent. Our graduates have the skills, knowledge and potential to work in almost any engineering company in the UK or internationally.

Teaching methods

The school has a reputation for innovation in teaching and learning with most modules delivered through a combination of traditional face to face teaching and distance learning through the university's StudyNet web based facility. StudyNet allows students to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students, and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world! With a heavy emphasis on Computer Aided Engineering, the school has a policy of using industrial standard software wherever possible. The school also operate an open access laboratory policy of when possible students doing experiments in their own time.

What you will learn

You will learn to handle a wide range of technologies in sensors, actuators, interface hardware, control systems, analogue and digital electronics, software engineering, and concurrent design.

First Year: You will study introduction to electronic systems, materials and electrical science, introduction to manufacture technology, engineering mathematics, computer programming for electronics engineers, mechanical science, introduction to design, engineering applications of mathematics.

Second Year: You will study digital design and embedded systems, dynamics, CAE, further engineering mathematics, data acquisition and control systems, structural mechanics, integrated engineering systems design, and project management and product development.

Third Year: You have the option of taking an integrated one-year professional placement.

Final Year (3rd or 4th): You will study digital signal processing, control systems, operating systems and object oriented programming, individual major project, intelligent systems and robotics, micro-engineering and micro-technology, and mechatronics design.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career.

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

More about the course

Mechatronics is a synergistic combination of precision mechanics, electronics, controls, and computer engineering, combined through a process of integrated design. Thus it involves being able to handle a wide range of technologies in sensors, actuators, interface hardware, control systems, analogue and digital electronics, software engineering, and concurrent design. Applications are extremely wide ranging covering for example the aerospace industry, road vehicles and trains, medical engineering, materials processing, advanced manufacturing systems, defence systems and consumer electronics. Graduates may therefore expect employment across a very wide range of engineering companies.  This programme lays emphasis on the electronics aspects of the discipline.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements

UCAS points A Level BTEC
104 BCC - Requires Maths and Physics or Technology or Engineering based subjects, excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking DMM - Requires Extended Diploma in Engineering (DMM) to include Distinction in Further Maths

How to apply

Course length
  • Full Time, 3 Years
  • Part Time, 6 Years
  • Sandwich, 4 Years
Locations
  • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2021

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/202126/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Part Time)
29/09/202122/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202120/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
We welcome applications from international and EU students